Take a look: A community open house for the new Lincoln Public Schools District Office will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A program is scheduled at 1 p.m. with tours available from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The new building is at 5905 O St. in Lincoln.
Staying in touch: Underwood Schools have a new, districtwide free app for Apple and Android mobile devices. The app lets smartphone and tablet users keep track of important district and school information and get notices from the district, school, faculty and staff in real time via push and email messaging. The app gives users access to information such as school activities, grades, notes from teachers, athletic schedules and scores, lunch menus and school calendars.
Lending a hand: Elkhorn Public Schools’ Partners in Education Mentoring Program needs adult volunteers to mentor students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Mentors are asked to volunteer for at least one hour each week during the school year, and may indicate preferred grade levels and times. Orientation will be provided. Call Jodi Klein at 402-334-9302 for more information or visit elkhornweb.org for additional information under the District Programs link.
Parade time: Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson will have a homecoming parade Friday.
Calendar changes: For a decade, Lincoln Public Schools have had four high school graduations on a Saturday and two on a Sunday. In 2014, however, all six graduation dates will be on Sunday, May 25. Northeast, Southwest, East and Southeast ceremonies were switched from May 24 to May 25 and the North Star ceremony was moved to later in the day. Lincoln High remained as originally scheduled. The State High School Track and Field championships will be the weekend of LPS graduation ceremonies.
Chili, fire and more: The annual Omaha Brownell-Talbot Parent Association chili supper will be Thursday. Homecoming candidates will be announced, followed by a pep rally at about 7 p.m. The homecoming bonfire will be outside on the practice field immediately after the pep rally.
All dressed up: Lincoln Pius X, Omaha Central and Papillion-La Vista South will have homecoming dances tonight. Gretna will have its homecoming dance Friday.
College, career fair: The Papillion-La Vista guidance department will host a College and Career Fair for seniors. It will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the gym and offer a chance for seniors to see what opportunities are available. A session on what parents should know for the senior year college process will begin at 3 p.m. Sundaes will be sold for a $1 donation as part of the Senior Sunday 2013.
Sewing skills: Lincoln Pius X’s textiles, clothing and design class seeks donations of scrap fabric of one-half yard or larger, plus sewing supplies such as thread, buttons and zippers. If you have these to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tee time: The 18th annual Lincoln Lutheran “Warrior Golf Classic” will be Oct. 4 at Woodland Hills Golf Course in Eagle, Neb. The cost, $90 a person, includes green fees, cart, lunch and awards ceremony. Contact Amy Jurgens in the school office, 402-467-5404, for more information.
Service academy: This information, from the Bolt newsletter at Lincoln Pius X, is useful no matter where you attend school. Seniors and juniors interested in applying for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy through Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Deb Fischer or Rep. Jeff Fortenberry should stop in the school guidance office for the application forms. Applications should be submitted between the spring of junior year and the fall of senior year. The deadline to apply varies with each elected official and is usually in September or early October. Students also must apply to the service academies.
Lots of uses: Lincoln Lutheran received an undesignated gift of just more than $150,000 from the estate of Ivadelle Repschlaeger. The money will be alloted to the Lutheran Education Foundation to establish an operational endowment, to the school’s teachers and staff, to a cash reserve account, and to a wish list for facility improvements.
Guest speaker: Michael Gaddis, a 1974 graduate of Papillion-La Vista and 2012 Papillion-La Vista Foundation Gala Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, spoke recently to marketing students at Papillion-La Vista South. Gaddis is a former Marine who founded CoreExpress, which pioneered the construction of a national fiber optic network. He spoke about developing technology in the early stages of the Internet and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Tuition aid: Catholic Order of Foresters, based in Naperville, Ill., recently awarded tuition assistance to COF youths attending Catholic kindergartens through high schools. Mary Dworak, a student at Omaha Mercy, received a $250 award, one of 100 winners chosen in a random drawing.
Passing it on: Sometimes it pays to work for free — freewill donations, that is. The cadets of Papillion-La Vista South’s Navy JROTC had a four-hour car wash, earning $710. Then they gave it away. “We have a car wash every year,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Vinkavich, senior naval science instructor at the school. “But this surpassed our expectations, especially since we asked for donations rather than charge per car. We have always stressed community service, and our cadets are proud to help out another ROTC unit across town.” That unit is the Omaha Benson Army JROTC, led by Lt. Col. Mike DeBolt of Papillion. The Benson unit was selected to participate in the 70th anniversary celebration of the D-Day Landing in France during World War II. The Benson group will travel there next June, but it needs $75,000 to pay for the trip. “We compete against the Benson cadets at drill meets,” Vinkavich said, “but it’s nice to see the camaraderie between the different units off the drill floor.”
Winner: Ella Hubbard won the Scope magazine “You Write It” Contest in the May 6 issue. Ella transformed an infographic into a persuasive article about the benefits of a potbellied pig as a pet. Read her article at scholastic.com/scope. Look for “Past Issues” and choose May 6.
Money basics: ACCESS has launched its annual Mastering Money Basics essay competition. This year’s theme is “Why Is It Important To Save Your Money?” The competition is designed to get students, teachers and parents into discussions about the importance of managing personal finances in a formal educational setting. The contest is open to Nebraska students in kindergarten through fifth grade in public, private and home-schooled settings. Winners and those who receive honorable mentions will get medallions and certificates. Classrooms with winning students will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,000. Entries are due by Feb. 28, 2014. Winners will be announced April 15, 2014. For more information or to get a contest entry form, visit MasteringMoneyBasics.org. American Consumer Credit Education Support Services (ACCESS) is a nonprofit that focuses on credit and personal financial education.
Special program: Grandparents and special friends of Lower School students at Omaha Brownell-Talbot have been invited to a program in their honor Friday in Swanson Auditorium. Grandparents also are invited to join their students for lunch in the school’s dining room.
BLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Parade time: Deerfield, North, South and West Primaries in Blair will participate in the high school’s homecoming parade at 2 p.m. Friday.
CONESTOGA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ID, please: A Child Identification Program will be offered Sept. 21 at Conestoga Elementary in the Conestoga Public Schools.
COUNCIL BLUFFS ST. ALBERT
Gathering: The Falcon Family Connection at Council Bluffs St. Albert School will meet for the first time this school year at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the elementary school library. The next meeting will be Nov. 12.
ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Two dedications: The district will hold dedication ceremonies Sunday for the two new elementary schools. The West Bay ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the Sagewood ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Ceremonies will be held at the respective schools and include a musical performance by students.
Time to walk: The West Bay PTO will host a Walk-a-thon fundraiser Friday. “Walking for West Bay” will help raise funds to buy more books for the school.
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Plenty of fun: Columbian’s fall carnival will be Thursday.
PAPILLION-LA VISTA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Better health: The Rose Theater will bring “Nutrition Man” to second-graders at G. Stanley Hall in La Vista on Wednesday.
Two generations: Carriage Hill and Bell had grandparents’ activities this week. Hundreds of grandparents at Carriage Hill had lunch free this week. Bell grandparents read to classes. This is the third year for this event at Bell.
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Just for families: Hillside PTA will sponsor a family fun night Monday at Pump It Up, 960 S. 72nd St. The cost is $8 per child.
Golden year: The Prairie Lane Community Club will sponsor a Happy (50th) Birthday Prairie Lane Fun Run/Walk on Monday evening.
Getting to know you: Sunset Hills will host a kindergarten parent mixer Wednesday.
PE shoes, please: Westbrook is having a shoe drive. Grab those old tennis shoes that do not fit and send them to Westbrook. The school will use the donated shoes to replace students’ worn-out, broken and too-small shoes. Proper footwear is essential for physical education. All sizes are welcome.